Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Participate in Criminal Domestic Violence Training

Sgt. Kevin Cain

Sgt. Kevin Cain

CDV Training

CDV Training

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-Last week, officers with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office went through a course in domestic violence training which was taught by two representatives of Safe Harbor and Sergeant Kevin Cain, who is the domestic violence investigator with the Sheriff’s Office.

“CDV: Beyond the Basics” was the name of the Safe Harbor training to assist Law Enforcement’s Response to Criminal Domestic Violence and was taught by Carrie Pettit and Ester Griffin-DeVita of Safe Harbor. The training went through what is the definition of domestic violence, statistics, the causes of domestic violence, what are the roles and thinking of the victim and perpetrator, and safety planning. Sergeant Cain praised the training provided by Safe Harbor and says the training was needed especially as several new officers have been hired by the Sheriff’s Office.

“We’ve got several new officers that have come on board and the training is to get these guys on the same page that I am on. They don’t get to take the time to look at a case like I do. I get to do a lot of detailed case work. Criminal Domestic Violence is my predominate position among other things but I wanted to share with them what it takes to make a good case so we can win these cases. We have great officers at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office that do a great job but we all have room to improve.”

“We go to court with these cases a lot of times and that is our goal is to do a good job in court,” according to Sergeant Cain. “And our main goal is to make sure that our victim is protected and feels secure and we have done everything we can for them, offering certain things like orders of protection and information about Safe Harbor.”

One of the biggest aspects of the training provided to the officers was discussing why victims respond the way that they do sometimes, what they have been through and what to expect and how to respond to them so that the victims will be responsive to the help of law enforcement. The training was especially important, according to Sergeant Cain, due to the dynamics of domestic violence regarding victims and offenders and the understanding of that dynamic.

Another significant aspect of the training was discussing with officers what information Sergeant Cain needs from the scene should they be called out on a domestic violence call. Sergeant Cain went through a Criminal Domestic Violence protocol with those who attended the training, which provided a step by step process of the facts and evidence and information that is needed.

“The protocol goes through several things,” according to Sergeant Cain,” including sworn written statements, the photography part of the case, seizure of any weapons if we have the ability to do that, the Miranda rights aspect of the case, what information do they need to send to me, how to do a detailed incident report and the types of information that needs to be in that report. Also, I sent out minimum requirements for CDV statements because I like to have good statements. A statement needs to be like a story in that if I have never met you, never heard about what took place in that incident, then I can read that statement and get a pretty good idea of what that victim or offender is saying.”

A point of emphasis in the war on domestic violence by Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw has been to seek maximum fines and penalties for offenders, but also with victimless prosecutions as well where if the victim does not want to pursue charges further or refuses to testify, the case can proceed with good evidence. This training, according to Sergeant Cain, will help in that regard.

“A lot of times with a Criminal Domestic Violence case if you don’t obtain the evidence you need on scene we can’t get it after that the next day,” according to Sergeant Cain. “A lot of these victims will change their minds for certain reasons which is what we went over in this training and it is very understandable why they do that but sometimes we need to move forward and make an arrest and prosecute a case without their cooperation because of other circumstances of fear and things that are in that victims mind and they are afraid to cooperate. So if we get what we need on scene when I can’t get it the next day if it is sent to me then a lot of times we can move forward with that case and have a good case.”

Safe Harbor continues to make plans and raise money to open the first domestic violence shelter in Oconee County, but Safe Harbor is ready to help victims of domestic violence right now. The 24 hour crisis hotline number for Safe Harbor is 1-800-291-2139. You can also visit the Safe Harbor website for more information at www.safeharborsc.org.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team Participates in Active Shooter Training at Oconee Christian Academy

Mobile Command Unit

Mobile Command Unit

S.W.A.T. Robot

S.W.A.T. Robot

S.W.A.T. Team Training at Oconee Christian Academy

S.W.A.T. Team Training at Oconee Christian Academy

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team completed active shooter training this past Saturday at Oconee Christian Academy off of Highway 188 near Seneca and the Bountyland Community. The scenario that the S.W.A.T. team participated in concluded around 12:30pm Saturday afternoon.

“I think it went really well,” according to Captain Ken Washington of the Special Operations Division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. “You are always training and always getting something out of it. In this event here, the thing we got out of it is that we were able to go inside the school and look at the layout of the school. The training aspect of it is if anything is to be able to go into an area where we have not been before and that was our first time going into the Christian Academy, getting and seeing a layout of the school.”

Should an event take place at the school, which Captain Washington hopes never happens, the training the deputies received Saturday will give them some on-site intelligence already that the S.W.A.T. team did not have already. Captain Washington points out the officers had a chance to use a lot of techniques that they have been trained on already. Also, a robot was used as part of the training Saturday, which gave officers a chance to implement the use of robotics into the tactics of the S.W.A.T. team.

“We were really able to utilize technology. Technology is great,” continues Captain Washington. “We were able to utilize it to be able to get and to be able to see what is behind and around the corner or inside of a room before an officer actually makes entry into a room. I think we were able to simulate making a “throw phone” without actually having an officer put him or herself in harm’s way.”

Captain Washington says he was overall pleased with the training and the overall efforts of those officers who participated in Saturday’s training, especially using techniques that the officers have already been trained in.

The scenario Saturday involved two individuals who entered the school and involved not only injured officers, but injured students as well. One of the perpetrators went to the office area in the administrative side of the building, while the other perpetrator barricaded himself in a classroom with some students.

The officers encountered the first perpetrator and that is when an officer was simulated being hit and was badly wounded. The first perpetrator was killed during the scenario and the wounded officer was extracted from the building. Several students simulated injuries in the hallway as well and were also removed from the building. Negotiators and the S.W.A.T. team were able to obtain the release of all the students being held in the classroom and the second perpetrator gave up and was arrested. Due to the simulated injuries, the S.W.A.T. team was able to make use of the new S.W.A.T. medics that past Saturday. In fact, S.W.A.T. team members who had to go back out of the building and retrieve paramedics who were staged outside and bring them into the building to help with the simulated injured.

“One of the main things we are trying to do now is that we trying to implement S.W.A.T. EMT’s,” says Captain Washington. “We have an agreement with the hospital and EMS. These are individuals that are part of EMS and we have two of our officers that are on the team who are trained in the medical side of things. In this particular case, one of the officers got hurt and our two S.W.A.T. EMT’s started working on him.”

In the scenario, the second perpetrator simulated a call into 911 to say that he was one of the suspects and that he had some children in the room at the end of the hallway. After the simulated situation with the first suspect and the downed officer, the S.W.A.T. team turned their attention to the second suspect and the children in the classroom. As we mentioned, the scenario ended with the second suspect surrendering and being arrested.

So far this year, the Sheriff’s Office has conducted active shooter training using two floors of the old Oconee Memorial Hospital. Plus, training has taken place at other schools as well. Captain Washington says the Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking out other locations to do S.W.A.T. and active shooter training and encourages those who are interested to contact him at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Not only being familiar with the layout of buildings is of importance to officials, but active participation of those who work there is equally important, according to Captain Washington.

“We encourage at a lot of the schools that teachers and students be involved in the scenario’s such as the one this past weekend because on the other end of it, it shows them that this is how we work and there are some things that you can do to assist us.”

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw Participating in Lockup for Learning Event

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw - Lockup for Learning Event Picture

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw – Lockup for Learning Event Picture

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is among several local community and business leaders, parents, principals and others participating in an event to raise funds for Oconee Christian Academy and Safe Harbor Oconee County.

Lockup for Learning is currently going on now; at least in the “bail” fundraising that is taking place. Sheriff Crenshaw was among those individuals who agreed to be arrested and given a bail amount, which is $10,000. The Sheriff and those other individuals who agreed to participate have spent the past several days raising their “bail” money.

On Thursday, November 7th from 9am until 5pm at the parking lot of the O’Reilly Auto Parts location on Highway 123 in Seneca, Sheriff Crenshaw and those participating will stand before the “judge” and be charged with their offense, in this case for the Sheriff, it is a charge of “Housing and A’bedding Criminals.” On the day of the event, the participants may submit their entire bail amount and be “released” or they may spend time in “jail” until their “bail” is raised.

All the proceeds raised through this event will benefit Oconee Christian Academy’s Christian Education program with 20% of the total raised being donated as a gift to Safe Harbor.

Citizens who are interested in making a donation can do so by calling Oconee Christian Academy at 882-6925 to make pledges on the bail that is owed.

For more information, individuals may contact Debra Andrews, the event coordinator, at 864-710-0976 or Dean Bare, who is the interim director of Oconee Christian Academy at 864-882-6925.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Major Drug Arrest Near Oconee County School

Kyle Royce Carter

Kyle Royce Carter

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in a joint operation with the West Union Police Department has arrested an Oconee County man on multiple drug charges yesterday after executing a search warrant at a residence across the road from Keowee Elementary School.

48 year old Kyle Royce Carter of 7060 Keowee School Road, Seneca, has been charged with two counts of trafficking ice, one count of distribution of ice in the proximity of a school, possession with intent to distribute acid, 4 counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of mushrooms. Carter was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:51pm yesterday evening.

Officers from the Sheriff’s Office and West Union Police, as well as narcotics agents executed the search warrant around 3:45pm yesterday afternoon, according to Ken Washington, Captain of the Special Operations Division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. According to Captain Washington, the investigation only lasted a couple of days and an operative working on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office made a buy from the residence. The West Union Police Department also provided information and met with the Sheriff’s Office and several complaints had been received by the Sheriff’s Office concerning Carter as well.

Officers were then able to obtain a search warrant. According to Captain Washington, 80 hits of acid, 115 prescription pills, 2.1 grams of mushrooms, 182 grams of methamphetamine (which is over six ounces), and 50.2 grams of marijuana. The total street value of all the drugs seized, according to Captain Washington, was over $25,000 with one ounce of meth having a street value of $1,200. Also, multiple weapons were seized as well. No meth labs of any kind were found, according to Captain Washington, and the meth found was ready to be sold.

Carter is considered, according to Captain Washington, to be a “major player.” A concern for Captain Washington was the fact that the house where the drugs were found was right across the road from Keowee Elementary School considering the amount of drugs and weapons that were found.

“Our number one concern was the children,” according to Captain Washington. “Something that happens there comes with the possibility of violence. The guy had multiple firearms at his residence. There is no evidence that the guy was involved in any gangs, but I guess it is the quantity and the types of drugs there and the fact you have people coming in and out and you just never know when someone is going to get upset.”

The time of the raid was important to Captain Washington in the fact that school was out and the search warrant was executed at the time it was due to school being dismissed, but there was a teacher-parent conference going on, unbeknown to officers. Captain Washington said that he went to the school to speak with a person in charge to let those there know what was going on. If the raid was done during school hours, according to Washington, the school would have been put on a code yellow status.

According to officers, Carter put up no resistance. Washington also praised West Union Police for their involvement with this arrest and their information played a huge role in the arrest by bringing a piece of the puzzle that was needed to effect the operations yesterday to complete the investigation.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Upcoming Active Shooter Training

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office wants to inform the public of some upcoming active shooter training this Saturday near the Bountyland Community.

The training involving the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team will take place this Saturday, October 26th at Oconee Christian Academy, which is located at 150 His Way Circle off Highway 188. The training will focus on an active shooter situation where people are injured and will last from around 9am until 1pm.

The training will also feature the newly formed S.W.A.T. medics, which is a partnership between the paramedics of Oconee Medical Center and officers from the Sheriff’s Office.

“Routinely, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office conducts active duty shooter training in our public schools,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Most recently this year, the Oconee Medical Center gave us a location to give our officers a different perspective. This is another opportunity for law enforcement to learn about the Oconee Christian Academy facility to expand our training capabilities to be prepared in case something happens.”

Once again, the Sheriff’s Office and officials at Oconee Christian Academy would like to remind the public that the active shooter training is only a training exercise. No public action is required and the training is not open to the public.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrests in Reported Sexual Assault

Brandon Peralta

Brandon Peralta

Tyler Joseph Normandin

Tyler Joseph Normandin

(Walhalla, SC)———————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made six arrests in a reported sexual assault against a 15 year female juvenile that occurred at an address in the Seneca area over this past weekend.

According to reports, the school resource officer at West-Oak High School received anonymous information on Monday evening after a volleyball game at the school about a party that had taken place at an address on Rodgers Road in Seneca on Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The incident did not occur on school grounds and was not a school sponsored event off campus. The S.R.O. received information that a student who attends a high school inside the county may have been sexually assaulted. During an investigation on Tuesday morning, the school resource officer received further information that the incident did occur.

After meeting with the victim and noticing visible injuries on the victim, the case was turned over to investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.

Among those arrested is 17 year old Brandon Peralta of 231 Crossroads Drive in Seneca, who has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to warrants, Peralta is accused of engaging in sexual battery “using force and/or coercion to accomplish the battery, the defendant knowing or having reason to know that the victim was mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless.” Peralta was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:48pm yesterday evening.

Also charged in the incident is 18 year old Tyler Joseph Normandin of 201 Cleveland Ferry Road in Fair Play on charges of solicitation to commit a felony. According to warrants, the defendant “with the intent that another commit a crime, did entice, advises, invite, order or otherwise encourage others to commit the felony act of criminal sexual conduct upon a 15 year old victim while said victim was mentally incapacitated or physically helpless.”

Also charged are four juveniles, three who are of the age of 16 and one who is 15. Their names will not be released due to their ages. According to investigators, 2 have been charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct – third degree, 1 with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor – 2nd degree, and one with Criminal Sexual Conduct with a minor third degree, but that juvenile will be charged as an adult.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Charles Mulwee One of Many Working to Make a Difference

Deputy Charles Mulwee

Deputy Charles Mulwee

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————————-There are many deputies who are working to make a difference in Oconee County, not only on the job, but when perhaps the spotlight is not on them. One of those deputies who fit this mold is Deputy Charles Mulwee.

Deputy Mulwee came to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office from the police department of Clemson University and has five years of experience in law enforcement. He currently works on the Delta shift road patrol unit. When he is not working to make Oconee County a safe place for families and individuals, Deputy Mulwee is reaching out to spread the good message of law enforcement to all, especially children.

On his days off, Deputy Mulwee mentors at both Northside Elementary School and Blue Ridge Elementary School for the past two years. He enjoys spending time reading, having lunch, going on field trips, and talking with his own children about their own lives. Many of the children that Deputy Mulwee helps to mentor come from single parent homes.

“Parents that see me at the schools come up to me in the grocery stores and ask me if I can talk to their kids and mentor to them,” says Deputy Mulwee. “I want all the kids to see that police officers are good people and not to be afraid of us. For the kids that don’t have a father at home, I’m trying to fill that void.”

Last year, Deputy Mulwee won the student affairs employee of the year while employed with Clemson University, which came with a bonus check. Deputy Mulwee took some of the money and bought two of the kids he mentors Christmas gifts. He is also an award winning police officer as well.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests a Fugitive from Justice from the State of Georgia

Bonnie Bleu Alexander

Bonnie Bleu Alexander

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an individual wanted in the state of Georgia yesterday in Oconee County.

22 year old Bonnie Bleu Alexander of 44 River Ridge in Martin, Georgia was arrested on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant at an address on Wintergreen Court in Chickasaw Point. Alexander was wanted in Georgia on Robbery charges. She was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:52am yesterday morning.

Investigators from Toccoa, Georgia requested the Sheriff’s Office to make contact with Alexander. Those investigators faxed warrants over to the Sheriff’s Office. She was found at the Wintergreen Court address and was placed into custody around 11:04am yesterday morning.

Alexander was wanted in a snatch and grab robbery from the Wal-Mart location at 330 Wal-Mart Way in Eastanollee, Georgia.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Profiles the Unsolved Case of Adan Delgado Villa

Adan Delgado Villa

Adan Delgado Villa

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

AS MENTIONED SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, THE OCONEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WILL BE COVERING THROUGH THE MEDIA, OUR WEBSITE, AND OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITES THE COLD AND UNSOLVED CASES THAT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS INVESTIGATED OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AND CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE TODAY. TODAY, THE CASE WE ARE FOCUSING ON INVOLVES ADAN DELGADO VILLA.

(Walhalla, SC)———————————On the morning of July 7th, 2003, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an employee of the Community First Bank located at the intersection of Sheep Farm Road and Highway 123 near Seneca. The caller told the Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle had been sitting in the back parking lot of the bank for the past couple of days.

The vehicle was secured and investigators arrived. Due to a foul smell coming from the trunk, a search warrant was obtained, the trunk of the vehicle was opened and a decomposing body was found inside a sleeping bag. The individual that was found that day by investigators was Adan Delgado Villa. The case to this date remains unsolved and is open. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help.

The autopsy of Mr. Villa revealed that he was a Hispanic male who was reportedly killed by multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Just a few days later, family members of Mr. Villa came to the Sheriff’s Office at the request of investigators from the Atlanta Metro area after reporting that their cousin was missing. Due to several clues found on the body, investigators were able to make the determination that the body found at the bank was more than likely Mr. Villa. Later on, Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis was able to make a positive identification through x-rays and records from a hospital in Georgia. It was also determined at that time that Mr. Villa lived out of the county in Woodstock, Georgia and investigators went there to continue their investigation.

Investigators spent the next several weeks working with law enforcement from Georgia interviewing friends, family, and acquaintances of the victim. There was not much information gained. Oconee investigators do not believe the victim was killed in the bank parking lot but until a determination is made as to the actual location of the crime scene, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is considered the lead agency in the case.

“If this case is ever going to be solved, it will require the public’s help,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “The most likely scenario is that this victim was murdered somewhere else and those involved in the case decided to bring the body to a bank parking lot in Oconee County.”

“We believe the bank location was chosen to delay finding the body,” continues Sheriff Crenshaw. “This story needs to be told not only in our jurisdiction but all over the state of Georgia and beyond. Some individual(s) somewhere outside our county knows about this case. We will continue to search to find them. Hopefully, they will reach a point that they want to get this off of their conscience and contact law enforcement.”

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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Announces Partnership to Help Combat Criminal Domestic Violence

Becky Callaham of Safe Harbor

Becky Callaham of Safe Harbor

Dale Colegrove of D.C.T.

Dale Colegrove of D.C.T.

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Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office announces today a partnership with D.C.T. Detection, LLC of Oconee County in its continuing efforts to combat crime, especially criminal domestic violence.

D.C.T. Detection, LLC is owned by Dale and Tanya Colegrove, with their offices located in West Union.

“It is the heart beat of my wife and me to help children with the blessings that we receive in making sure they have a stable and safe environment to stay,” says Mr. Colegrove.

The new partnership is an initiative, according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, to use technology, in this case ankle monitoring technology, to monitor offenders in cases of Criminal Domestic Violence. The GPS and Real Time Alcohol Detection and Recognition (R.A.D.A.R. System) technology is provided by Emerge Monitoring.

“So much of what we have been doing in our mission and vision statements is about building partnerships and personal interaction of the deputies with the citizens,” says Sheriff Crenshaw. “With that being said, we are in the 21st century, we do have technology at our fingertips, and I think that this is an example of where the Sheriff’s Office is going to use technology to assist us and to keep victims safer in Oconee County.”

Sheriff Crenshaw points out that ankle monitoring has been used for many types of offenses and is state and nationwide in terms of its use. The Sheriff said that he was impressed with the presentation from D.C.T. as well as the technology. As far as he knows, this will be the first time where live ankle monitoring will be utilized to add another layer of protection for the future domestic violence shelter that is so desperately needed in Oconee County. Safe Harbor is currently raising money to have a location in Oconee for victims of domestic violence. “It’s called Safe Harbor for a reason. Victims deserve to know they are protected. This technology will give them that peace of mind.”

“Once we get a domestic violence shelter in place in Oconee County, we are going to take it one step further to protect that victim and we are going to ask the judge to order ankle monitoring for any offender whose victim is at the shelter, any second offense and above domestic violence cases, some first offense, depending on the circumstances and if our investigation determines that the threat is there of violence or harm.” says Sheriff Crenshaw.

Currently the magistrates in Oconee County and the Oconee County Detention Center are using D.C.T. Detection, LLC for ankle monitoring technology. The Sheriff says D.C.T. monitoring is live monitoring, which is different from what other companies offer.

A demonstration was conducted today at the Sheriff’s Office to demonstrate this technology. Sheriff Crenshaw said with the technology in place, a unique radius will be put around the domestic violence shelter and if an offender goes within that radius, the Sheriff’s Office would be notified.

“At that point,” says Sheriff Crenshaw, “we will be asking the judge to revoke their bond and send them back to jail.”

The good news for Oconee County tax payers, according to the Sheriff, will be zero cost to the taxpayers, as the offender under this plan pays D.C.T. Detection $10 a day, for which the Sheriff’s Office receives no money. But, there are other benefits to this plan to the citizens of Oconee County, according to the Sheriff. Other cases besides criminal domestic violence cases in which ankle monitoring could be ordered could be in drug cases, property crime cases, and criminal sexual conduct cases or in situations where orders of protection have been issued. Plus, D.C.T. offers alcohol monitoring for those that may have a chronic problem with driving under the influence.

“It will aid us in our investigations; it will allow us to use technology to help victims feel a great sense of security. Plus, there are other crimes for which this will be a benefit. Going forward, not only is it going to help us in regards to domestic violence, but if we have an offender who has been charged with burglary, and we feel like that the offender will be a continued threat if they get out on bond, we are going to look at cases like that and ask magistrates to order ankle monitoring in those type of cases.”

Sheriff Crenshaw also pointed out that judges and magistrates could refuse to order the ankle monitoring. The Sheriff says that deputies will have to attend bond hearings and present to the judge facts and circumstances to articulate this need.

The Sheriff also said that the ankle monitoring technology has been tested and is very effective. He also says that D.C.T. has the court orders in place to allow for this type of monitoring to be ordered by the magistrates and judges.

Also present at the press conference today was Tom Van Houten, Vice President of Emerge Monitoring and Bankers Financial Corporation. Emerge Monitoring and Bankers Financial, along with D.C.T. Detection, LLC made a donation of $500 to the capital campaign building fund for the Safe Harbor domestic violence shelter. The companies also announced that they will be donating $1 per day out of that $10 for every individual track ankle monitor that placed on a domestic violence offender in Oconee County. This money will be donated monthly for daily operational expenses for Safe Harbor.